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Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. kar-ba-KHAL(European Spanish)  [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsCarvajal, Carabajal

Meaning & History

Probably a habitational name demoting someone originally from any of the multiple locations called Carbajal in León, Asturias, or Zamora in Spain. Alternatively, it may be of pre-Roman origin from the word carbalio meaning "oak", denoting someone who either lived near an oak tree or who was like an oak tree in some way.
This was the name of a family of Marranos (Crypto Jews) in Mexico at the end of the 16th-century through at the beginning of the 17th-century, several were executed for "Judaizing."
Added 2/15/2017 by erb816
Edited 3/18/2020 by Mike C and HL